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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: How does the type of weapon used vary with victim age in homicide cases?
A: Of the 60,200 juveniles murdered between 1980 and 2011, half (50%) were murdered with a firearm.

Weapons in juvenile homicides, 1980-2011

Weapon
                              Age of victim                              
Victim ages 0-17
0 to 17 0 to 5 6 to 11 12 to 14 15 to 17 Males Females

Total 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
Firearm 50   10   42   66   79   60   30  
Knife/blunt object 13   11   19   17   14   12   16  
Personal* 20   48   11   5   2   16   28  
Other/unknown 17   31   28   12   6   13   26  

Note: Detail may not total 100% due to rounding. * Personal includes hands, fists, or feet.

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  • Between 1980 and 2011, more than 3 of every 4 (79%) victims ages 15 to 17 were killed with a firearm.
  • Nearly half (48%) of all murdered childen below age 6 were killed by offenders using their hands, fists, or feet.
  • Male murder victims were twice as likely as female victims to be killed with a firearm.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02309.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Kang, W. (2013). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2011. Available on-line at: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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